What do you think the world needs now? Well, at this moment I’m not really sure what it needs. I’m sure it needs more than I can bear to give. But maybe it or you just need this photograph which Sofia set up and shot. Maybe we can learn from a tiny monkey with a blank stare hugging a giant laughing rabbit. So, if you’re tired of all the awful news you read in the news paper and hear on the radio and on the nightly news, come here for your daily joy with photographs like these. And, maybe in the years to come, you’ll catch the name of a famous photographer and realize you used to see their photographs here.
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Whenever we can, Axshel and I have been doing some shots of people jumping in fun poses against the sky as a background. And, currently, we have added animals to our project (though only because no one was around to help us out). I hope all you animal lovers know that this cat was dropped from about 5 feet off the ground; no animals were harmed in the production of this photograph. In the past, Axshel shot some photos of people jumping and so forth which gave us the idea to do more shots like that and do a whole series for our current project, like you see above, though, at one point, we were even throwing stuffed animals up in the air, because no one and no cats were to be found. But anyway, if you’d like to see another post with similar photos in them, please click here: http://www.sethshimkonis.com/blog/?p=630
Pictured above is probably one of the most out going little girls I have in my class. Her name is Sofia, and she is about 9 years old. She absolutely loves photography class. So, I can imagine that she was following Elizabeth around while it was Elizabeth’s turn to shoot pictures, and that is my theory as to why she is in this picture jumping on the bed. However, all the kids bombard me as soon as I walk in to the home with questions about when we’re having photography classes next, so I suppose they all love class equally. I just hope they like it as much as kids love jumping on beds.
Now that I’m an adult, have no kids, and have been working as a photographer for the past 7 years, it’s easy to forget what it’s like being a kid. But now that I’m teaching photography to kids between the ages of 5 and 19, I’ve found myself being reminded daily of my glory days as a kid and how fun it was. One thing I forgot is how little girls can be. They’re so giggly about everything, and they have this funny “boys are stupid” mentality” towards the boys their own age (but boys have the same attitude too, that “girls are stupid”). And, the levels of shyness really show in the critiques and are a bit funny to me. I would say it’s a 50/50 split when it comes to participation with the young girls. Some are very out going and are able to tell you everything about their photos–what they like and why they think it’s a good photo compositionally. And then there is the other 50%, the little girls like Alejandrina who are shy and don’t know why they took the picture or what they like about it. I’m sure she knows more than she lets on, but, when I show her photos in the critique and ask her what she thinks, she never wants to say anything. Or if she does, I can never hear her. However, she still takes great photographs, and if she just likes to take pictures of her friends or her dolls missing their bodies then that’s fine with me.
Nobody is perfect, and that includes you, me, and, yes, even Jorge. Sometimes, he gets a bit frustrated with school work, gets into things he probably shouldn’t, and has picked up some bad habits before arriving at the home. But these are all things we know about, since we’ve all been kids, and all these things can be straightened out with a little bit of guidance and love. Jorge has a very curious mind and personality. So when you have a very active mind, you need to put it to work. We’ve been putting his curiosity and brain power to good creative use by keeping him occupied with a camera. Whenever Jorge goes out to shoot pictures, he always brings back photos that make you want say “wow.” And this photo is a perfect example.
Alvaro is one of those kids who just loves to watch by learning. Everytime I go through my routine of erasing the camera media card, browsing, and selecting photos on the computer, he is watching, learning, and taking mental notes. So when it’s his turn to look at his photos, he wants to be the one to remove the media card from the camera and put it in the card reader connected to the computer. Even when his turn is over, Alvaro still loves to sit and absorb all the things he doesn’t know how to do yet.
The above photo of Timo was a daily winner in class, and it’s really hard to win with a Timo photo, because there have been many photos of Timo during our classes. But this one, taken by Alvaro, has portrayed Timo in the best light. Timo and his shadow are all there, and the photograph is well composed.
Since I will not be writing much about each photograph anymore, I would like to extend the offer to those who read this blog that you might post more of your thoughts as to why you like the kid’s photo. Don’t hold back.
Oh Roberto, I believe your portrait (left) describes you so well. You’re always laughing, and you’re always walking around telling us your latest catch phrase from a commerical you heard on the radio. It’s not the phrases you say which are so funny, but rather the way you say them. If I were to give you a grade for class right now, it would sound something like this: Roberto is a joy to have in class and is thrilled with any project you give him. He works well with others (which isn’t really true with photography, because you’re doing your own thing, but yes he works well with others). He is respectful of others, but needs to learn how to wait his turn during Critiques. I believe if Roberto were to invest more time into photography, he could have a bright future as he has already won best photo of the day for one of his photos. See the attached photo (above) of the man working on his truck to see Roberto’s progress, A+ Well done. Does Roberto have any brothers or sisters? If so, I look forward to having them in class.
This photo taken by Abel T. and won the coveted prize of best photo of the day. Abel is another teenager who only recently arrived here at New Hope about a month or so ago. Much like his two older brothers, Avelino and Efrain, Abel is also very courteous and quiet. But put him with his buds, and he breaks out of his shell in order to have a great time. I think that’s probably the story with most people who are shy. I remember that was my case as a kid. Regardless of how shy Abel can be around adults, when you put a camera in his hands, he is extremely talented in finding interesting photographs, like the one above. I would say this photograph was not a happy accident, but in fact pure genius. Why do I think that? Why shouldn’t I think that? Maybe that’s the question you need to ask yourself.